The wine industry in Connecticut is growing. Over the past 10 years, I know of at least 4 wineries that have started producing wines in just the southeast part of the state. To promote the wineries and tourism, The Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association has all of these wineries listed on their Connecticut Wine Trail. One can pick up a "passport" at any of the wineries and it is hoped that you'll take the passport to each of the wineries where you can get it stamped. If you can get stamps from at least 16 of the wineries, you turn your passport in at the end of the season, and you are eligible to win a trip. Sounds like a good thing to do on a summer's weekend. This is stop number 1, the Taylor Brook Winery in Woodstock, CT. One down..... 15 more to go.
Some people actually were able to sail their boats at the Wooden Boat Show. This is a day-sailer, designed by Nathaniel Herreshoff, who designed a number of undefeated America's Cup yachts as well as other very successful sailboats. He designed this particular boat as a replacement for one of his most successful boat designs, the H-12 1/2, but the boat was never built during his lifetime and the design sat for 80 years almost forgotten. Today the boat is being made by the Bristol Boat Company, following the design created by "Capt. Nat" over 80 years ago. You can read more about it here.